The United States has still not confronted the imperialist mass murder and mayhem she caused and inflicted on the once prosperous nation of Iraq.
In a few years most Americans will have forgotten that we even invaded Iraq in 2003 on a pack of lies about “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” just as most of them don’t remember the 1990’s when we regularly bombed Iraq and starved her people through horrific sanctions.
US Col.Donald Macgregor, was the “squadron operations officer who essentially directed the Battle of 73 Easting during the Gulf War.” In an radio interview last month at the Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center with Mark Johnson on the occasion of the Colby Military Writers Symposium carried by BookTV, Col. Macgregor nonchalantly states that the US,
“bombed Iraq on a scale of the second World War, off and on for ten years”
That is the period between the First Gulf War in 1991 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He makes the comment with little to no emotion, recounting it almost in the manner of an Eichmann, a low level bureaucrat “just following orders.”
What of the lives destroyed? What about the over 1 million children who lost their lives due to sanctions? An answer comes from a Himmler-esque personage, then US Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who when questioned about whether sanctions were “worth” the deaths of half a million Iraqi children said, “the price, we think the price was worth it,”
During the 90’s, as President Bill Clinton was being impeached for getting a blow job from a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky (she’s out with a book now, “Monica’s Story”), the other top news just so happened to be the four day aerial bombardment of Iraq.
The following CBS news report from the period is quite telling, the first portion covers “Slick Willie’s” impeachment and the second (beginning at 5:32) his bombing campaign of Iraq, an interesting juxtaposition:
Notice the careful propaganda of the CBS reporters: callously describing the deaths of innocent civilians as “collateral damage,” protests, funerals in Iraq and the Muslim world as “orchestrated,” and in a racist manner stating that, “history is written a little differently in this part of the world.”
This is a reminder of how propaganda works, the incestuous relationship between corporate media and the government, how lies are disseminated and the masses easily fooled by corrupt politicians and their media lackeys, and the price that is paid, that we are still paying.